The National Science
for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET) has used three
previous workshops as a means to develop a vibrant PEET community
that shares expertise and resources and works together to strengthen
and improve systematics as a discipline. The first
workshop in 1996 focused on computer tools for modern taxonomic
research, the second workshop in 1998 focused on training of taxonomic
experts, and the third
workshop in 2000 focused on the practice of monographic research
and the dissemination of monographic products in an electronic age.
The biannual PEET workshops are critical to sharing expertise and
resources developed in the individual
projects with the whole PEET community.
The University of
California at Berkeley was selected as the site for the fourth
PEET meeting held in June 2002. This four-day workshop (June 1-5,
2002) drew 163 participants, including 10 international guests.
The dual theme of this meeting was the internationalizing the PEET
concept and the connecting of PEET to broader scientific endeavors.